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For the Record
July 2013

Myna Powell
MISSOULA -— Myrna began her own obituary, and I, Irene Lake, am compelled to publish her words and add the facts as I know them.

Myrna passed away on July 9, 2013 in Missoula. She was born in Hot Springs on January 14, 1961. Her father was James Powell, and her mother was Susan Hewankorn.

In her childhood, Myrna lived in many foster homes throughout Montana, Idaho, Washington, and Oregon. At the age of 7, she was truly blessed to be placed with a family in St. Regis, where she spent her life until age 16. Mr. and Mrs. Simpkins loved her as their own and taught her many lessons. They became forever her “Mom and Dad.” She was very happy to find a place where she belonged.

As a little girl she always knew she was a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and felt like she belonged on the Flathead Reservation. At age 16, she decided it was time to find her place among her tribal people. She occasionally visited other places for short periods of time, but always returned to her “home on the rez.” She said, “If you ever tried to get to know me, you would know I am not the hard-hearted individual I am made out to be.”

Myrna had two sons, Raymond and Antony, who were the joys of her life. When she moved to Great Falls, she added Kyle Donne as her adopted son. Myrna was a kind person who befriended many people. Although her life was hard, she always had a smile and a kind word for her friends. She loved camping, fishing and was happiest when up in the woods where she felt free. She was thankful for all the people who loved her and treated her well.

Myrna was a hard worker and had many jobs thoughout her years. She loved to work, but health issues made it impossible for her in her last years. She was a collecter of many things, but she loved her clown collection the most of all. She especially loved her nieces and nephews, especially Harlan, Frieda, Trisha, Jocelyn, Deidre and Mari.

Myrna was preceded in death by her father and mother; her sons, Anthony and Kyle; and her niece, Anne Raye, who she loved like a daughter. Sadly, she was preceded in death by so many people she loved; she always grieved for her relatives and friends who went before her. She often remembered her good times with them and laughed about their crazy adventures.

She is survived by her son, Raymond Eugene Powell, of Oregon; and a granddaughter in Washington.

Service was held on July 13, 2013 at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius with her dearest friends present. Myrna was cremated as she requested, and a memorial and giveaway will be held in her honor next summer.

Jane L. Vannoy Fry
RONAN – Jane L. Vannoy Fry, 89, passed away at St. Lukes Extended Care on July 27, 2013 with family by her side.

She was born in Sheridan, Wyoming, on August 17, 1923 to Alice and Ben Vannoy. She was raised on the family farm and received her grade school education in a one-room country school until the 7th grade. She then graduated from 8th grade and high school in Clearmont, Wyoming, in 1940.

Jane married Merle Tackitt in Kellogg, Idaho, in 1942, and to this union five children were born. In 1950, the family moved to Buffalo, Wyoming, then in 1960 they moved to Charlo. Eventually she and Merle divorced and she moved to Missoula, re-marrying to Norman Fry in 1964. He passed away in 1993, and since that time she has lived in Evaro and Ronan.

She was also preceded in death by a son, Jay Dee Tackitt; her first husband, Merle Tackitt; seven sisters and three brothers.

She is survived by three sons, Merle (Amy) Tackitt, of Wheatland, Wyoming, Jerry (Joyce) Tackitt, of Stevensville, and Mahlon (Jerill) Tackitt, of Polson; her daughter, Mavis (Ken) Caffrey, of Polson; sister, Mae Louckett, of California; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In accordance with her wishes, no services are planned. Condolences may be left at

Michael Woods
HOT SPRINGS — Michael “Woody" Woods, 54, died July 11, 2013 at home. He was battling cancer for the last year, and now, he doesn't have to fight any more.

He was born in Renton, Washington, on August 15, 1958. Mike and his parents moved to Hot Springs in 1971. He graduated from Hot Springs High School and attended Northern College in Havre. He received a degree in Auto Repair and Auto Mechanics. In 1987, he started his own private business, Woody's Mechanic Shop, right out of his own garage after working for many years with his father, Bob, and the Exxon. He spent every waking moment in that shop, if not fixing cars, he was adding on to the building. He put a lot of heart and soul into his business, only to have to let it go.

Dad wasn't always about work, though. He loved to go to eastern Montana to hunt, fish and camp. He especially loved his trips to Alaska and to Vegas. His BIGGEST love was NASCAR racing. He never missed a race that was televised. He went to the races in Vegas every year, to Daytona and many more all over.

He was preceded in death by both sets of grandparents, Ernest and Eleanor Wood, and Zelmar and Alta Martin.

He is survived by his son Bobby Woods (Shade); two daughters, Crystal and Michelle Woods; parents, Bob and Jeannine Woods; sister, Janet Bras; brother, Randy Woods; numerous grandchildren (whom love him very much); and all the aunts, uncles and great friends he had.

He is in a better place now and he no longer hurting or suffering. God had different plans for our dad, so if you all would like to join use to celebrate his life and say your good-byes, the services will held at Hot Springs Presbyterian Church Saturday, July 27, at 2:00p.m. Burial will follow at the Lonepine Cemetery, with a dinner to following at the Lonepine Hall.

Condolences may be left at

Michael Daniel Alire
ST. IGNATIUS — On July 10, 2013, our beloved Michael Daniel “Hunter” Alire went to be with our loving lord, Jesus Christ.

Daniel was born in Monte Vista, Colorado, to Caroline and Roy Alire on January 9, 1948.

Daniel moved to Oregon where he worked in the mills. It was in Oregon where he met his soul mate and married, Jori Hunter. They married in 2007. In 2010, they moved to St. Ignatius.

He loved the outdoors and was always taking his kids fishing, camping, hunting… anything that would let him be outside. He also enjoyed taking road trips. One of his favorite spots was by the Bison Range, where he would sit and watch the elk and buffalo. Dan was blessed with a green thumb and loved to cook for others. He was a believer in the Lord, Jesus Christ.

Daniel was preceded in death by his mom, Caroline; dad, Ray; brother, Claude; and grandson, Josiah.

He is survived by his wife, Jori Hunter Alire; his sisters, Norma Ball and Vita Vijil; his brothers, Tito, Markie, and Robert Joseph (Alire); his children, Caleb, Mike, Travis (Allie), Danny (Cindy), Rodney (Mervella), Josh (Crystal), Carlos, “Buddy”, Lisa, Becka, Kayla, Renee, Angelique, Tana, Cecily, Andrea and Chloe; dad, Kenny (Susie) Hunter; and mom; Anita (Shorty) Matt, brother-in-laws, Lakota and Michael; sister-in-law, Brittney (Elli); and many aunties, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He also has 23 grandkids and three great-grandkids.

Services were held Tuesday, July 16 at the Missionary Alliance Church in St. Ignatius. Interment was in Snyelmn Sntmtmne. Condolences may be left at